A recent member of Arizona’s men’s swim team has unexpectedly passed away.
23-year-old Ty Wells died earlier this week. No cause of death was given.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of recent alum Ty Wells, who passed away on Friday.— Arizona Athletics (@AZATHLETICS) January 30, 2023
Our heartfelt condolences are with his family, his friends and the entire @ArizonaSwimDive family. pic.twitter.com/ksUtynhXWy
This past weekend the @ArizonaSwimDive program lost an amazing young man in Ty Wells. He passed away suddenly on Friday. Please consider assisting his family by donating to the https://t.co/FPEazzQZeO RIP in Ty.— Matt Purdy (@MattPurdyOLC) January 30, 2023
Wells spent 2018-22 with the program, specializing in the breaststroke for the Wildcats. During the 2022 Pac-12 Championships he set personal bests in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter breast, and last June competed in the USA Olympic Team Trials in Omaha for the 2022 Tokyo Games.
His most recent meet was the Toyota US Open Championships Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in Charlotte, where he competed in the 100- and 200 breast.
A native of California, Wells graduated from Ripon High School in 2018 where he was a 4-time letterwinner in both swimming and water polo. He picked Arizona over Cal Baptist, Indiana, Pacific and Utah.
According to his online bio, Wells received his degree in physiology last May and hoped to pursue a career in sports medicine or physical therapy. He was a CSCAA Scholar All-American in 2021-22.